Ground Turkey

United States
November 24, 2008 4:12pm CST
Our grocery store is having a special at the end of the week for rolls of ground turkey for $1. I'd like to buy some but I was wondering what recipies do you think I could us it it beyond tacos. nachos. spaghetti....? Also is there a way to make it be kinda "juicy' I know it's usually dryer than hamburger but for $1/lb is a deal since a deal here for hamburger is $1.89/lb for the 75% chuck.
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• United States
24 Nov 08
I always use ground Turkey in place of ground hamburger meat because it's healthier and not greasy like hamburger meat and I'm not suppose to eat anything greasy for health reasons so I have learn to cook with ground turkey. Yes you can use it in spaghetti,tacos,nachos and sloppy joes!:).. When we have Mexican food night we use ground turkey meat with a package of Taco seasoning and it taste great. To keep you're ground turkey from becoming too dry don't drain it after you cook it, the water in the skillet keeps the turkey moist and more juicy. if you want to drain it after you cook it just drain a little bit of the juice, but I always leave it in because it's not greasy and it keeps the turkey meat moist.
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@owlwings (40038)
• Cambridge, England
24 Nov 08
I read this and thought 'ground turkey'??? Are there tree turkeys as well? I thought all turkeys lived on the ground! I would agree that it's kinda dry ... all turkey meat is by nature. I think I would cook it up with mushrooms and tomato and maybe some root vegetables, put that in a pie dish and cover with mashed potato (and you might add pumpkin or sweet potato to the mash as well as a bit of cheese or spice).
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@owlwings (40038)
• Cambridge, England
24 Nov 08
Ground lamb done like that is called 'Shepherd's Pie', ground beef with a potato topping is called Cottage Pie ... you can call yours what you like ... maybe Gobbler Pie!
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• United States
18 Jul 09
I didn't know that Shepherds pie is actually supposted to be made with lamb? & the other with beef. Most I know call it Shepherds pie no matter what type of meat but that it's got veggie & covered in mashed potatoes and baked.
@breezie (1247)
• Canada
24 Nov 08
I have not used ground turkey before, but I would think it should be ok to use in the same types of recipes as ground beef. You could try using it in chili or maybe make turkey burgers. You could try checking out some recipe websites and see what you find. Allrecipes is really good ( www.allrecipes.com ) you can search by ingredients and the recipes are rated too.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
24 Nov 08
You can really use ground turkey for anything that you can use ground beef for. The flavor is a little different, but different doesn't mean bad. The only things I don't really recommend it for are meatloaf or cheeseburgers. I've used it for tacos, chili, sloppy joes, spaghetti sauce with meat, meatballs, and stroganoff. You can use it with a box of hamburger helper, too, if you don't feel like "real" cooking. One thing that I do to make it more flavorful is to add some beef broth or bouillon to the pan just after you've browned the ground turkey, and simmer it for a couple of minutes. It adds a little moisture and also makes the turkey taste a little more like ground beef. It usually doesn't add any fat content, although it will add sodium so use a low-sodium broth if that's an issue. This works well for tacos, chili, and sloppy joes.
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@kiinin (336)
25 Nov 08
Hi bunnies Good day, my friend...I think ground turkey is a healthy choice.. want to make a juicy turkey burger..Well, you can mix the ground raw turkey with onion soup mix, some soft bread crumbs, beat up an egg, some worcestershire sauce, some minced garlic and black pepper... mix them well, shape into patties, warp and refrigerate to allow flavors to blend.. Grill it, serve them as your usual way of serving burger...it tastes better than beef...Happy enjoying.. Have a Nice Day!!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
25 Nov 08
My grandma used to make her burgers similar to that, but she used beef. I call them meatloaf burgers. I have done them with the ground turkey before and they do come out tasting great!
@kiinin (336)
25 Nov 08
Hi lilybug Yes, Indeed it's so juicy and yummy... my whole family loves it.. CHEERS!!
• United States
16 Jul 09
I buy the frozen ground turkey all the time and use it for any ground beef recipe. It's delicious. I use it for meat loaf, meatballs, tacos, and chili.
• United States
18 Jul 09
With the meatloaf do you use it on it's own entirly? or do you add ground beef to it?
@laglen (19780)
• United States
26 Nov 08
Anything you would use ground beef. But if you make burgers, make sure to use fat and lots of seasoning!
• United States
18 Jul 09
I've noticed I need alot of seasoning more than you would with beef.
• United States
25 Nov 08
You can use ground turkey in any recipe that you would normally use ground hamburger. If you add a bit of chopped bacon to it this will make it more moist.
• United States
18 Jul 09
I'm sure the family will like the idea of bacon ;0)
• Lubbock, Texas
24 Nov 08
You can use ground turkey for anything you'd use ground beef for. Just add some finely minced onion or a little olive oil to keep it from getting too dry. It makes fabulous burgers, meatloaf and anything else you would make from ground beef. If you're makeing burgers or meatloaf work the mixture as little as possible. The less you work it the more moisture it will retain.
• United States
18 Jul 09
thanks for the tip on not working the meat too much.